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Nine hospitals recommended for closures

A hospital closing commission appointed by Governor Pataki will release its final report today. It's expected to recommend the closing of numerous hospitals around the state. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Baby booms and other complications: local health care challenges

The 5th Annual Rural Health Care Conference is in its second day in Chatauqua. This year, all the discussions take place in the shadow of the New York State Right Sizing Commission. The commission was formed earlier this year to take a comprehensive look at health services across the state. It's likely some hospitals will close, and some services consolidated as a result of its recommendations. Patty Bishop looks at the big picture in this region. She is director of the Northern New York Rural Health Care Alliance, based in Watertown. She said local providers and agencies will have their say before the right-sizing commission makes its recommendation. But she told Gregory Warner the challenges the rural health care community faces are special, and she worries that message won't be heard clearly. And she said the North Country has particular problems because of Ft. Drum.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Pledge to Restore Hospital Funds

Legislative leaders promised a gathering of New York's hospitals that they would restore hundreds of millions of dollars in health care money cut in Governor Pataki's budget. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Proposes Funding Cuts to Hospitals

Governor Pataki's proposed budget would mean hundreds of millions of dollars in funding cuts to hospitals and nursing homes statewide.  Go to full article

Towns Warn of EMT Crisis

New York's Association of Towns is warning that a decrease in volunteers for fire and emergency services, combined with what they consider to be onerous regulations, is leading to a crisis. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Panel to Close Hospitals, Nursing Homes

A new state panel will meet next week to cut costs in New York's health care system. The 18-member commission is expected to recommend closing some hospitals and nursing homes. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Bill Boosts Hospitals' Accountability

There's agreement in the state legislature on a bill to require hospitals across New York to publicly report their rate of patient infections. Advocates say it could help health care professionals adopt safer practices. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Hospitals Join Voluntary Safety Program

A number of hospitals in New York State have joined a nationwide voluntary effort aimed at reducing mistakes that lead to patient deaths. But nurses say the goals can't be achieved unless the issue of the undertstaffing of nurses at hospitals is addressed. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Seasonal Resident Dies of Rare Brain Ailment

A summer resident of Cranberry Lake died earlier this month from a rare illness known as sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Timothy Smith was sixty years old. The devastating brain ailment appears to occur randomly. But the disease is often confused with "mad cow," an illness spread by infected cattle. Smith was a part-time farmer who raised cattle. But as Brian Mann reports, health and agriculture officials say there's no indication that his herd was contaminated.  Go to full article

AMC Considers Take-over of Mercy Healthcare Center

The Adirondack Medical Center, based in Saranac Lake, is considering a partnership or a complete take-over that would keep Mercy Healthcare Center open.  Go to full article

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